Zamalek faces Ismaily in the “Uncle’s Summit” tonight

Zamalek faces Ismaily in the “Uncle’s Summit” tonight
Zamalek faces Ismaily in the “Uncle’s Summit” tonight

Books by Lubna Abdullah – Hossam Al-Hajj

Saturday, May 13, 2023 09:30 AM

The Zamalek and Ismaili teams are engaged in a strong confrontation at seven in the evening today, Saturday, within the postponements of the twenty-seventh round of the league competition, in a meeting that is expected to bear the character of excitement and rivalry between them, due to the desire of each of them to collect the three points.

Zamalek is looking for victory, to advance in the Egyptian Premier League ranking table, especially as it occupies fourth place with 46 points, and its position is threatening to participate in the African Champions League next season, while the dervishes seek victory to escape relegation, as it languishes in the fourteenth place. With 26 points, it is still in the dangerous areas that are struggling to escape the specter of relegation to the second division.

Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio, coach of Zamalek, worked to correct the mistakes of the Al-Abyad players, which they made during the proxy match, which was held last Tuesday in the 32nd round of the Egypt Cup, and ended with Al-Abyad winning 3-2 and qualifying for the round of 16 with difficulty. In order to avoid it in the Ismaili confrontation, the Colombian also warned the players not to be complacent in front of the dervish goal, or to rush to end the attacks, demanding that they take advantage of opportunities, to score an early goal that confuses the opposing team.

And the Colombian Osorio decided to make some expected adjustments in the formation of Zamalek, compared to the last proxy match in the Egypt Cup, where Mohamed Sobhi will return to guard the team’s goal, in addition to the return of Mahmoud Hamdi Al-Wensh and Mohamed Abdel-Ghani to form the team in the defensive line.

Osorio will also push Ibrahima Nday in addition to Ahmed Sayed Zizou and Mustafa Shalabi in the starting line-up, as well as Saif Al-Din Al-Jaziri leading the team’s attack after the great brilliance that the player showed during the recent period in all competitions.

It is expected that Zamalek will start the match with a formation consisting of: Mohamed Sobhy in the goalkeeper, Hossam Abdel Majeed and Mahmoud Hamdy Al-Wensh in defense, Sayed Abdullah Neymar, Hatem Sukar, Saif Jaafar, Muhammad Ashraf “Rouqa” and Ibrahima Nday in the middle of the field, Ahmed Sayed Zizou, Mustafa Shalaby and Saif Al-Din Al-Jaziri. in the attack.

On the other hand, Hamza El-Gamal, coach of Ismaili, plans to achieve a victory that will end the state of tension between the fans and move away from the relegation circle, as the coach warned his players of the danger of continuing to bleed points in the league, and he was keen during the past hours to study the matches of Zamalek in the league and the Egypt Cup and his match with Proxy in the 32nd round of the cup Which he won by three goals against two goals in the extra innings to put his hands on the strengths and weaknesses in the ranks of the White Knight before meeting him today.

The Ismaili club loses the services of Mohamed Hassan, the team’s midfielder, against Zamalek, after he received a direct red card after his strong intervention on the foot of Moroccan Mohamed Al-Shaibi, during his team’s match against Pyramids in the framework of the postponed match of the twenty-fourth round of the league championship.

The Ismaili team regains the efforts of Baher Al-Mohammadi, the captain of the team, after the end of the suspension, as the player missed the Pyramids match, which the Dervishes lost by three goals to one, due to the accumulation of yellow cards.

It is expected that the Ismaili will start the match with a formation consisting of: Muhammad Fawzy, Muhammad Hashem, Baher Al-Muhammadi, Essam Sobhi, Muhammad Desouki, Sergey Aka, Imad Hamdi, Karim Al-Deeb, Muhammad Al-Shami, Ahmed Madbouly, Firas Al-Shawat.